6 Ways to Save on Cleaning Supplies
Posted on Thursday, July 14th, 2011 at 6:12 am
Its time to restock on cleaning supplies and you can’t find any coupons for the items you need. But don’t fret, there are other ways you can save money on cleaning supplies. As I mentioned in “How to Lower Your Monthly Bills,” you can save money by mixing your own cleaning solutions. There is a mixture or cost effective alternative for just about every household chore.
How to Save on Cleaning Supplies
You can buy a bottle of Windex glass cleaner at Walmart for $2.48, or you can make your own environmentally friendly glass cleaner for just pennies! To make your own glass cleaner mix 2 cups of water, 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar, and up to 1/2 a teaspoon of liquid dish soap in a spray bottle. You can purchase a gallon of Heinz white distilled vinegar at Walmart for $2.48, which breaks down to 1.9 cents per ounce. Total cost of vinegar for glass cleaning mixture: 3.8 cents. If you don’t have an empty spray bottle, you can buy one for around $2. I have found this recipe actually works better than Windex. After some time, Windex will begin to leave a waxy residue on surfaces. The vinegar and soap mixture will take this right off and leave your windows squeaky clean.
A 10-pack box of Swiffer disposable duster refills is $7.97 at Walmart. That’s almost 80 cents each. However, for those of you looking for budget wise cleaning solutions this isn’t the best buy. Instead, used dryer sheets work great for dusting furniture. A box of 160 Bounce dryer sheets is $6.12 at Walmart, which breaks down to $0.039 per sheet. And the most cost effective is … used dryer sheets!
Microfiber cloths are also great for dusting. You can buy a 10-pack at Target for $22.09 and wash and reuse them over and over.
My favorite floor cleaner is a dilution of Tempo. I found this wonderful solution at my local janitorial supply store for $9.88 a gallon. It is mild and safe for use on hardwood as well as tile flooring – and it smells great too. For routine cleaning, mix 3 ounces of Tempo per 1 gallon of lukewarm water. For heavy-duty cleaning, mix 4-6 ounces of Tempo per 1 gallon lukewarm water. You can use a spray bottle or pour the solution directly onto the surface area. It also works well for dusting – just spray and wipe.
To make your own cost effective and environmentally friendly all-purpose cleaner mix 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/2 gallon of water in a spray bottle. This will work well for cleaning water deposit stains, chrome fixtures, etcetera.
For heavy grease and grime, I use a dilution of Orange-All cleaner (another janitorial supply store gem). The cost is around $12 a gallon but the dilution rate is 1 part Orange-All to 20 parts water, so a gallon goes a long way! This solution works well for counter tops, appliances, stainless steel, walls, and tile floors.
Believe it or not, lemon can fight most household bacteria – and it is 100% natural. Isopropyl alcohol and borax are also cost effective disinfectant alternatives. To make your own disinfectant solution mix 2 teaspoons borax, 4 tablespoons vinegar, and 3 cups of hot water in a spray bottle.
Learn how to make your own laundry detergent here. You can also make a whitening soak for soiled white laundry using items around the house. Just mix a 1/2 cup bleach, 1/4 cup dishwasher powder (such as Cascade), and 1 gallon hot water. Allow the clothes to soak in the mixture for 30 minutes and then launder as usual.
Mixing your own cleaning solutions will not only save you money, but homemade solutions are also much more environmentally friendly than store bought solutions. Also, remember to label all your solutions and keep them out of reach of children.